The much-anticipated debut of Eli Manning was upstaged by another once highly regarded first-round draft pick as the New York Giants beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 34-24, in a preseason game last night.
Ron Dayne showed flashes of his Heisman Trophy days, scoring on runs of 29 and 67 yards, and Jesse Palmer threw a game-winning 11-yard touchdown pass with 6 minutes 32 seconds to play in East Rutherford, N.J.
The victory in Tom Coughlin's preseason debut as coach wasn't pretty.
Trent Green and the Chiefs gained 311 first-half yards and scored on four of five possessions.
Manning, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft by San Diego who was then traded to the Giants, played about two quarters with mostly a backup crew. He was 7 of 13 for 91 yards after taking over for Kurt Warner (3 of 7 for 49 yards) in the second quarter.
* PATRIOTS 24, EAGLES 6: Another game, another solid performance for Tom Brady -- even if it was just an exhibition.
On a rainy night in Foxboro, Mass., where controversial stars made their debuts with new teams -- Terrell Owens with Philadelphia and Corey Dillon with New England -- the two-time Super Bowl MVP was steady for the Patriots.
In his first game since the Patriots' second championship in three years, Brady went 3 for 4 for 31 yards and a touchdown. Rohan Davey, recently chosen offensive player of the year in NFL Europe, threw two scoring passes, improving his bid to move up to the number two quarterback spot in his third season with the Patriots.
Owens caught three passes for 14 yards and fans booed all three times. After each one, he walked calmly back to the huddle, showing none of the flamboyance that followed some catches with the 49ers.
* SAINTS 23, JETS 13: J.T. O'Sullivan made the most of his second NFL appearance, completing 10 of 13 passes for 141 yards as New Orleans won at home.
O'Sullivan, who played for Division I-AA California-Davis and was the second-highest ranked quarterback in NFL Europe this spring, made his only other NFL appearance in a 2002 preseason game.
Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks was in street clothes on the sideline. He returned to practice this week, but his strained quadriceps was still tender, and team officials did not want to risk further damage.
* POSTPONEMENT: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' preseason opener scheduled for tonight against Cincinnati was postponed because of Hurricane Charley. The game could be rescheduled for Monday.
"We'll huddle with local authorities after the storm passes through and evaluate the situation," Buccaneers spokesman Jeff Kamis said.
The Bengals arrived in Orlando late Thursday for the game and planned to wait out the storm there.
* CHARGERS: LaDainian Tomlinson is expected to have his record-setting contract extension signed in time for tonight's preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
Tomlinson has already agreed to the richest contract ever for a running back, eclipsing the eight-year, $50.5 million deal signed by Washington's Clinton Portis.
* BILLS: Cornerback Kevin Thomas cracked a bone in his left hand and is expected to miss Buffalo's preseason opener against Denver tomorrow.
Coach Mike Mularkey said that he doesn't expect Thomas to be out for an extended period.
* STEELERS: Backup quarterback Charlie Batch underwent season-ending knee surgery and was placed on injured reserve. The Steelers signed quarterback Kurt Kittner to replace Batch on the roster.